How to change admin user for GUI?

NoOp glgxg at
Thu Nov 8 20:30:00 UTC 2012

On 11/08/2012 01:40 AM, Oliver Grawert wrote:
> hi,
> Am Mittwoch, den 07.11.2012, 12:41 -0800 schrieb NoOp:
>> >> $ sudo adduser <username> adm
>> > the adm group is only for access to files in /var/log, you want the
>> > "sudo" group (or in older releases the "admin" group)
>> > 
>> > ciao
>> > 	oli
>> You are correct regarding 'sudo group'. However I suspect the user is
>> already in the sudo group: "We can both use sudo to do the
>> administration on command line."
>> The user can be in the sudo group, but if he is not in adm he will not
>> be able to install updates. I tested on 12.04 prior to responding.
> from [1]:
> Other groups which have no associated user:
>       * adm: Group adm is used for system monitoring tasks. Members of
>         this group can read many log files in /var/log, and can use
>         xconsole. Historically, /var/log was /usr/adm (and
>         later /var/adm), thus the name of the group.
> ciao
> 	oli
> [1]

Good lord... I've turned into a YAK (Yet Another Karl)*.
I could have sworn that when I removed the test user from adm that he
wasn't able to update from the Update Manager. Mea Culpa.

* With apologies to Karl Auer and any other Karl currently subscribed to
this list - the acronym 'YAK' is not in reference to you. :-)

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